Title: Running into Love
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Category: New Adult
Status: Book 1 of Fluke My Life series but can be read as a standalone
Fawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn’t exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she’s decided to give up and move on with her life…solo.
Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.
Dedication to the job has rendered Levi’s love life nonexistent—until he moves in next door to the free-spirited Fawn. After a series of comedic run-ins push them together, will they finally give in to the inevitable and realize—maybe—they are perfect for each other?
I’ve read A LOT of books by Aurora Rose Reynolds and while I haven’t loved any of them, I still like the romances. So I keep reading her books.
First off, like all of her books this one also has problematic elements. It’s not as many as the others, but there are some. If you haven’t read Reynolds’ books before, you should consider this before going into the books—it’s not perfect or ideal. The males are very alpha and possessive, the women mostly take help from them, and there are themes of “woman meets man and he pretty much clears all her problems or saves her”.
Okay, onto the book itself.
It’s pretty simple, actually. Levi is Fawn’s new neighbour and there are immediate sparks between them. It’s not insta-love, though (thank goodness). The whole book is about them getting together and the only reason we have a book is because it takes a while for Levi to win over Fawn completely.
The story is told in both the characters’ POVs. It starts with Fawn running with her eyes closed and hands waving around hence crashing into Levi who was on his run. Why was she running with her eyes closed? No one knows. Literally. I agree that it’s a nice first meeting but I would have liked an explanation behind it.
While I wasn’t very taken by the story, it has to be one of the best I’ve read by the author, simply because Levi isn’t VERY alpha-male and possessive.
Fawn is kinda annoying. She’s got walls because of which she isn’t really open to dating and Levi patiently waits for the walls to come down. But why is she hesitant? Because of the dating scene, apparently! IT’S NOTHING. She’s got NO reason to be averted to dating but she is and she’s very VERY clueless which made me very VERY irritated.
Levi is the poster boy. He’s a detective in the police force, cares for Fawn, is patient, goes after his gut feeling and is a gentleman. I did have an issue with him cursing in random sentences, though. It’s downright nothing compared to the male MCs in other Reynolds books but it was still there—enough to irk me.
Muffin was my favourite character. SHE IS SO ADORABLE AND CUTE AND IS THE BEST EVER. Muffin is Fawn’s dog.* She’s in love with Levi right from the start, never listens to Fawn, is a huge softie, is very lazy and I love her.
*It’s perfectly normal to have the dog as a favourite character okay shush.
It was okay. It didn’t give me many feels—positive or negative, but I liked it. I liked that for once I read a romance book in which there weren’t any tragedies or bad pasts. I liked that it was all light-hearted and nice.
Despite everything I didn’t like, I still actually liked the book. I can’t pinpoint why. It’s light-hearted and despite a random mystery storyline thrown in, it was nice.